Award develops attributes to give students a career edge

2 Aug 2017

The new-look UQ Employability Award is designed to help students develop their skills beyond the classroom and become well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates.

University of Queensland Student Employability Centre director Dr Dino Willox said the Employability Award encouraged students to enhance their degrees through activities including work experience, volunteering, global opportunities, leadership programs and networking.

“Students are taught to reflect on experiences to help them understand the skills and attributes they have gained,” Dr Willox said.

“This helps them to communicate their skills to prospective employers and apply them in a work environment.”

Arts graduate Emma Dorrel, who majored in peace and conflict studies with a minor in Spanish, said she was motivated to apply for the award after an overseas exchange program and reflecting on the personal and professional benefits of the experience.

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